33 things to do in East Lothian

East Lothian is a stunning location just minutes away from Edinburgh, with over 40 miles of stunning countryside and many award-winning attractions it is definitely a place of interest.

If you are a lover of spirits then the Gin Distillery tour is perfect for you, with many awards for the spirits they have made since opening in 2013 you will not be disappointed.

One thing is for sure and that is museum lovers will have an absolutely thrilling time in East Lothian as there are a few options to choose from. The National Museum of Flight is full of stunning pieces of aircraft with the most amazing history behind them.

Looking for a historic piece that has everything? Winton Castle is exactly that, not only can you enjoy the wonderful countryside but there are numerous activities available, from clay pigeon shooting to mini highland games for large groups.

Here are some fun things to do in East Lothian:

  • Visit the beach – East Lothian is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, including Gullane Beach and Yellowcraig Beach. Take a walk along the coast, enjoy a picnic, or try your hand at surfing or kayaking.
  • Explore the John Muir Way – The John Muir Way is a long-distance walking trail that runs from Helensburgh in the west to Dunbar in the east, passing through East Lothian along the way. Take a hike or a bike ride along the trail and enjoy the stunning scenery.
  • Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre – The Scottish Seabird Centre is a must-visit attraction in East Lothian. Located in North Berwick, the centre has interactive exhibits, live cameras showing seabirds on the nearby islands, and boat trips to see the wildlife up close.
  • Go on a golfing tour – East Lothian is known as the “golf coast” due to the many world-class golf courses in the area. Try your hand at playing a round or take a tour of the courses, including Muirfield, Gullane, and Dunbar.
  • Explore Tantallon Castle – Tantallon Castle is a 14th-century fortress perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. Take a guided tour or explore the ruins on your own, and imagine what life was like in medieval Scotland.
  • Sample some local food and drink – East Lothian is home to some delicious local produce, including fresh seafood, artisanal cheese, and craft beer. Visit a local farm shop or restaurant to taste the best of what the region has to offer.
  • Attend a local event – East Lothian is host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Fringe by the Sea music festival, the East Lothian Food and Drink Festival and the East Lothian Agricultural Show. Check the local listings to see what’s on during your visit.

No matter what your interests are, East Lothian has plenty to offer. So pack your bags, head east, and explore this beautiful region of Scotland for yourself!

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